Secret Storm

© Lori Ditlefsen

Secret Storm

Roseann E. Dreasher August 25, 2003

Whoa! Sometimes the details about how the shot was taken are more interesting than the photo itself, in this case both are fabulous!! #54782

Lori Ditlefsen August 25, 2003

Thank you Roseann. I was just happy that one came out good enough to use after a little manipulation. I went through my camera battery really quick that night taking multiple shots in an attempt to capture a different look or unusual shot. 98% of the shots I came home with are not garbage. LOL :) #177928

Lori Ditlefsen August 25, 2003

OOPs, make that, "ARE" garbage! I was going to say: "are not useable" then switched gears in mid sentence. LOL (blush, snicker) #177929

Rui Filipe Rebelo Prego August 25, 2003

Super Shot ! One second in your live (may-be less), you will never forget this second.
Rui Felipe #177941

Lori Ditlefsen August 25, 2003

Thank you Rui! #177945

Brinn MacDougall August 25, 2003

I love this Lori!! Amazing timing! You captured one great boomer.. #177974

Lori Ditlefsen August 25, 2003

Thank you Brinn. Looks real doesn't it! Here is the original photo which was in fact taken from the van window doing 60 MPH on the freeway. I just thought it looked a little plain, so I ... #177989

Lori Ditlefsen August 25, 2003

I wanted to see how the enhanced version was excepted before I showed the original. Sorry guys, I wanted to see if folks bought the scene. I've been working on improving my editing skills and gettin better all the time. For contests I won't let a fake fly on it's own without sharing the work done. The special effects where all done in Photo Impact, using Illumination,then creative lighting, and Creative Particle Effect, then rain. :) #178009

Suzie Strasburg August 25, 2003

Outstanding job!!!!!!!!!!!:~))) #178164

Judith G. Secco August 25, 2003

Wow, your manipulation is outstanding. great job, Lori.
Judy #178227

Lori Ditlefsen August 25, 2003

Thanks Suzie and Judith. Since manipulation is what I do for a living, I am sharpening my skills all the time. This shot just struck me as being a cool storm type, "We aren't in Kansas anymore Toto!" :) Glad you like it. I'm waiting for the critism patrol to share their view! LOL #178238

Paula Showen August 25, 2003

Wow, Lori…incredible! This is absolutely fantastic work! Both the original photo and your special effects! You’re both a sharp-shooter and an artist! Nice work! Good luck with it! #178299

Lori Ditlefsen August 25, 2003

Thanks Paula. It was fun to play with. I took about 60 shots while driving before the sun went down. Most didn't turn out but the few that did are nice ones. :) #178337

Paula Showen August 25, 2003

I'm still amazed! Everytime I look at it. #178371

Evy Johansen level-classic August 25, 2003

Wonderful images, Lori! Really a great job! #178378

Lori Ditlefsen August 25, 2003

Thank you so much Evy! #178380

Brinn MacDougall August 26, 2003

Lori..since you used me to "confess" lol I will be the one armed patrol. This is called Digital Art! no harm no fowl. I do it all the time..and I know lots of others do too. I would hate to let you loose with a really good editing program! Now, the dig. The only spot that gave you away, is the top of the lighting bolt..needs work. There, that wasn't so bad! friend your image is upstanding and outstanding! #178722

Lori Ditlefsen August 26, 2003

LOL, Brinn, you just crack me up! Yes the lightening bolt needs work, agreed. Now if I only knew what the tops SHOULD look like! LOL Should I maybe cover it with a cloud? or brighten the tips up or tone the tips down? A little assist pleeease! (grovel, beg, bended knee, hands folded .....)LOL #178747

Brinn MacDougall August 26, 2003

Hi lori, I would use a bit more cloud cover..if you have "fade" option, that would work too!! Also, most bolts come from the ground up!! I that's what they say.. #178813

Lori Ditlefsen August 26, 2003

I didn't know that lightening comes from the ground up. Hmmmmm, I'll have to research that. I have fade but I think a few more dark clouds might work too. I'll check it out and get back with ya! #178828

August 26, 2003

This thread should go into the classic really is too funny! #178831

Lori Ditlefsen August 26, 2003

Are you laughing at us Johanna??? (snicker)

OK Brinn, lightening goes from the ground to the cloud and back again which is why the stringers are pointed down most of the time. So what I have to do is bring the end of the bolt down and add a glow in the cloud around the tip. I went and looked at lightening and read about it. So now I now I know! Ya learn somthin new every day! :) #178847

Susana Matos August 26, 2003

WONDERFUL WORK, and what matters for me is the emotion we get from looking to an image! May it be the original shot or not, and your treated image is absolutely GORGEOUS, keep them coming,
cheers from POrtugal, Su #178956

Lori Ditlefsen August 26, 2003

Thank you very much Susana! #179031

Omar Segura Segura September 01, 2003

Wow, excellent job!!!!! #184666

Lori Ditlefsen September 01, 2003

Thank you so very much Omar! I'm kinda proud of this one. :) #184682

Jacqueline D. Stefano September 04, 2003

Awesome shot, Lori! You have every right to be proud of this. It's a winner, if you ask me. Way to go!!! #187995

Lori Ditlefsen September 04, 2003

Thank you so much for all the support Jacqueline! We'll see what the judges have to say! LOL #188007

Gunther Allen level-classic September 07, 2003

A wonderful piece IMO. I've never tried this, but could you use the blending tool at the upper ends of the bolts- so they seem to come out of the clouds more? Simply great manipulation- I'll have to give it a try! :-) -G #190746

Lori Ditlefsen September 07, 2003

Thanks for the comment Gunther. Yes I could manipulate the ends of the bolts more and should add a light cloud over the tips or, like you said, use a blending tool. I just haven't gotten back to this one. Manipulation is really where I shine. I wasn't much of a photographer but I'm working hard to be better. Thanks again! :) #190761

Aki Jinn September 08, 2003

cool photo ! I didn realized it was a manipulation !! Great shot u have , taken from a van window, its hard to take somthin that looks as clear as this

good job :>


Lori Ditlefsen September 08, 2003

Yes it is hard to get a clear photo while driving. This is one of 26 shots and it's the only one that turned out! Thank you for the comment, and for taking time to visit my gallery! #191223

Karen Seargeant September 09, 2003

GREAT JOB! Congrats! had me believing! #192007

Evy Johansen level-classic September 09, 2003

Congratulations! Well deserved, Lori! #192121

Mary K. Robison September 09, 2003

Hey, Lori! For one clear shot out of 26 taken, you clearly did PLENTY right in the "darkroom" ---CONGRATULATIONS, and good luck next week! #192241

Colette M. Metcalf September 09, 2003

Congrats to you, Lori!!! #192424

Jennifer Bulsza September 09, 2003

Congrats Lori!!!! #192566

Darren K. Fisher level-classic September 09, 2003

You done an outstanding job here. Congrats..... #192667

Lori Ditlefsen September 09, 2003

Thank you everybody! Karen, Evy, Mary, Colette, Jen, and Darren, I sure did not expect this! Guess I should stick to what I know best, the dark room! LOL #192711

David Taylor September 09, 2003

Congrats on making the finals. Your editing was really impressive. #192833

Murry Grigsby September 09, 2003

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Lori!! #192851

Lori Ditlefsen September 09, 2003

Thank you Dave and Murry. Makes me more confident in my editing skills which is really my forte anyway. :) #192888

Paula Showen September 09, 2003

I knew this one was going to get an award!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Great job on this, Lori!!! #193155

Lori Ditlefsen September 09, 2003

Thanks Paula, same to you! #193204

Susan T. Evans September 09, 2003

Congrats Lori, well deserved, OUTSTANDING, hard to believe you were going 60MPH! somehow I missed this one! Congrats!!!! #193222

Lori Ditlefsen September 09, 2003

Thank you Susan! #193533

William C. Raco level-classic September 09, 2003

Great catch, Lori

bill #193546

Mette Vendelboe Allison level-classic September 09, 2003

Beautiful, Lori! Love the dark mood! Great exposure! Congrats:-) #193583

June Marie Sobrito September 09, 2003

Great work!! Congratulations!! #193781

Lori Ditlefsen September 09, 2003

Thank you so very much Bill, Mette and June. This was really quite a surprise! #193868

Gene Spears September 10, 2003

one heckuva shot - congrats! #195354

Lori Ditlefsen September 10, 2003

Well, thank ya Gene! Sure appreciate the comment. :) #195363

Susana Matos September 11, 2003

This is well deserved, and really a good work, indeed! Congrats,
cheers Su #196405

Lori Ditlefsen September 11, 2003

Thank you so very much Su. If I had a glass of wine I'd bump it to yours and do a proper cheers! LOL Good luck in the contest too! #196414

Kathleen Clemons September 11, 2003

WOW Lori. I missed this one. Wonderful work! :) Congrats! #196425

Lori Ditlefsen September 11, 2003

Well, thank you Kathleen! Good luck with yours too! #196441

Dick van Breda September 12, 2003

Congrats, Lori and good luck in the finals. Regards, Dick #196857

Lori Ditlefsen September 12, 2003

Thank you very much Dick! You are always so kind. Haven't seen much work from you lately. I hope you're doing ok. #197106

Suzie Strasburg September 13, 2003

A BIG HAND TO YOU!:~)) #198681

Lori Ditlefsen September 13, 2003

Thank you Suzie! #198729

Dan S. Coquia September 22, 2003

Great job, Lori! Congratulations! #208595

Lori Ditlefsen September 22, 2003

Well thank you very much Dan! I appreciate that. #208942

Larry Lawhead December 29, 2004

OK, so I'm a bit late. Bit wanted to say GREAT SHOT, Lori!! Love what you've done with it, especially the rain!!



Larry Lawhead December 29, 2004

OK, so I'm a bit late. Bit wanted to say GREAT SHOT, Lori!! Love what you've done with it, especially the rain!!



Lori Ditlefsen December 29, 2004

Thanks so much Larry! I love being creative and playing around with effects to make a unique looking image! Glad you like it! #1002753

Mike F. Anderson level-classic May 19, 2006

Lori, great editing for a dramatic result. Very nice indeed! #2785062

Lori Ditlefsen May 19, 2006

Thanks, Mike! #2785102

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Believe it or not, this was taken from the van window while driving 60MPR Down the freeway in Portland Oregon. Camera on auto sport mode to stop action, I held the shutter button down to take multiple shots. Most of them came out blury. Framed and detailed in Photo Impact.

Uploaded on August 25, 2003 Photo Contest Finalist

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